Learn all about Vietnam's fascinating history as you explore Hanoi's Old Quarter. Discover the secrets and surprises hiding in the capital city on this free walking tour.
Hanoi Free Walking Tour Itinerary
Your free walking tour of Hanoi will begin in Phung Hung, a street in the heart of the city centre from which you'll head to the Vietnamese capital's most popular shopping spot: the Dong Xuan Market. Learn curious facts about the enormous historic market, which was originally built in 1889 under the French Administration. Which products are most in demand? And which are the most expensive?
Continue your guided walking tour over to the emblematic Hoan Kiem Lake, which has given its name to the urban district in which it is located. The lake is one of Hanoi's most scenic spots, and locals and tourists alike can be seen enjoying views over to Turtle Tower and the Temple of the Jade Mountain, located on their own islets in the lake. Cau The Huc, a red-painted wooden bridge leading to the temple, is a popular photo spot for loved-up couples.
Delve deeper into the historic streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter, where you'll take a break from admiring the typical French Indochina architecture to stop in a traditional cafe and sample a local delicacy: Vietnamese egg coffee.
The free walking tour will come to an end by St Joseph's Cathedral. Would you ever have imagined such a dramatic Neo-Gothic church in Hanoi? The city is full of contrasts just like this, which you'll discover along your route.
- It is not possible to reserve this free tour of Hanoi if you are a group of more than 6 people.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult. There is a maximum of three children permitted per adult.
- This tour does not enter any paid monument, just visiting the outside.
- The day and time of the tour may be subject to modification in the case of adverse weather conditions.
Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.
2 hours 30 minutes.
The tour is exclusively in English.
English speaking guide with expert knowledge of Hanoi history.
Food and drinks in the cafe visited.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 7 days before (Hanoi local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).
Republik Backpacker’s Hostel.
If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation in the control panel, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.